Last chance to have a say on Primary Health Care Reform

September 3 is the last day to join the thousands of Australians who have had their say as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to reforming primary health care and building a healthier Medicare.

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3 September 2015

Today is the last day to join the thousands of Australians who have had their say as part of the Abbott Government’s commitment to reforming primary health care and building a healthier Medicare.

Minister for Health Sussan Ley said over 2000 Australians had participated in consultation – including face-to-face sessions, webcast and online survey – on the Government’s Primary Health Care Advisory Group’s discussion paper released last month.

Ms Ley said feedback to date had been “incredibly constructive” and it was not too late for Australians to have their say with the online consultation survey open until the end of the day (Thursday).

“It has been fantastic to see so many Australians engaged during this consultation. If you haven’t already, I would encourage you to head to the website and complete the online survey as we work hand-in-hand with patients and clinicians to deliver better primary health care outcomes for Australians,” Ms Ley said.

“I took part in the online webcast with approximately 500 Australians a couple of weeks ago and it was great to hear so many constructive ideas about finding better ways to care for people with chronic and complex conditions and ensure they receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

“This discussion is a real opportunity to cater for the increase in chronic and complex conditions and this approach ensures that health professionals and patients continue to be central to this process.

“Recent statistics showed that not only do half of all Australians have a chronic disease but one-in-five have at least two of the most common eight chronic diseases including diabetes, cardio-vascular disease and mental health conditions.”

Ms Ley said the discussion paper, ‘Better outcomes for people living with Chronic and Complex Health Conditions through Primary Health Care’, had been developed by the Abbott Government’s Primary Health Care Advisory Group, led by former AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton, and canvassed a broad range of options to improve effective and appropriate patient-centred primary care.

The online survey has already had approximately 1000 participants. This is in addition to 16 public consultation sessions attended by approximately 500 people and a national public interactive webcast involving about 500 people and 42 peak organisation briefings including with the state and territory governments, primary health networks, organisations such as RACGP, AMA, Consumer Health Forum and National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and sector briefings with allied health, nursing, chronic disease and aged care professionals.

Following the public consultation, the Primary Health Care Advisory Group will develop specific recommendations for Government by the end of the year. To access the discussion paper and supporting documents and fill out the consultation survey go to the Department of Health's website.

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Minister Ley’s Media Contact: James Murphy – 0478 333 974

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